Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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Architectural Design I

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
MIM0001 1 Architectural Design I 2/6/0 CC Turkish 8
Course Goals In Architectural Design Studio I, human-space interaction is discussed in the context of the boundaries and the possibilities of body/ action/movement relationship by means of a design problem which consists of a single program involving open and semi-open spaces. The aim is to reveal the creative potential of the students and to develop their imagination skills.
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Instructor(s) Assist. Prof. Dr. İlke TEKİN, Dr.Öğrt.Üyesi Ömer SAATÇİOĞLU
Course Assistant(s) Arş. Gör. Berkay Oskay, Arş. Gör. Pelin Çetken
Schedule Monday 09:00-13:00, Thursday 13:00-17:00
Office Hour(s) Tuesday, 10:00-11:00, Ataköy Campus 2G01
Teaching Methods and Techniques

In Architectural Design Studio I, which consists of successive design studies, by creating a discussion platform moderated by studio instructors, students are able to acquire individual reading/ discussion/presentation experience by expressing their thoughts regarding space with tools such as two and three-dimensional presentation techniques, image, model and/or sketches.

Students are required to develop designs consisting of open and semi- open spaces through simple design problems. During the design process, while a sense of architectural consciousness is developed by making spatial analyses in the context of body, action and place, students are enabled to develop a certain understating of time and space.

Students are encouraged to participate actively in the studio process as individuals or team members. Sharing all studies in the discussion platform created in the studio and being subject to debate and criticism helps to develop students’ communication skills. Attending architectural conferences, reading and writing architectural texts, develops reading and writing skills in the context of design.


Principle Sources

Ching, F.D.K., 2007. Architecture: Form, Space and Order, John Wiley & Sons.

Ching, F.D.K., 2012. Introduction to Architecture, Wiley.

Schulz, C.N., 1979. Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture, Rizzoli.

Schimbeck, E., 1987. Idea, Form and Architecture, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Zumthor, P., 2005. Thinking Architecture, Birkhauser.

Zumthor, P., Atmospheres: Architectural Environments, Surrounding Objects, Birkhauser.

Merleau-Ponty, M. 2006. Phenomenology and Perception.

Pallasmaa, J., 1994. The Eyes of the Skin.


Perec, G., 1997. Species of Spaces and Other Places, Penguin Books.

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Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Orientation Presentation
2. Week Bienal trip, sketch, 2D works Lectures, presentations and discussions
3. Week Muralist trip, collage, 2D works Lectures, presentations and discussions
4. Week Space - perception discussions P1 Submission
5. Week Abstraction - representation discussions Presentation and discussion
6. Week Abstraction - representation discussions P2 Submission
7. Week Body-space-movement-scale Group work - P3-1: 1/1
8. Week Body-space-movement-scale Group work - P3-1: 1/1 Submission
9. Week Body-space-movement-scale Individual work - P3-2: 1/10
10. Week Body-space-movement-scale Individual work - P3-2: 1/10 Submission
11. Week Body-space-movement-scale Individual work - P3-2: 1/20 Submission
12. Week Spatial reproduction P4 - 2D and 3D works
13. Week Spatial reproduction P4 - 2D and 3D works
14. Week Spatial reproduction P4 - 2D and 3D works
15. Week Final Submission Submission
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Project(s) 4 70
Attendance 1 30

Program Outcomes
PO-1Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
PO-2Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
PO-3Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
PO-4Design: Ability to reproduce the design information in the creative thinking process, to reach new and original results through universal design principles such as sustainability and accessibility.
PO-5World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
PO-6Local Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Understanding the architectural formations and samples of a geography through its historical and cultural context. Understanding the divergent canons of cultural values, behavioral, social and spatial patterns.
PO-7Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
PO-8Sustainability: Ability to design projects by using the information regarding the natural and built environment to reduce the undesirable environmental impacts on future generations through means.
PO-9Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
PO-10Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
PO-11Geographical Conditions: Understanding the relationships of site selection, settlement and building design by considering the cultural, economical and social properties as well as the natural characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation and watershed.
PO-12Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
PO-13Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
PO-14Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
PO-15Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
PO-16Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
PO-17Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.
PO-18Integration of Building Service Systems: The ability of assessing, selecting and integrating the structural, environmental, security, envelope and service systems of the buildings for building design.
PO-19Programming and Evaluation: Ability to prepare and evaluate an architectural project program by considering the public benefits in regards of client and user needs, appropriate examplers, space and equipment requirements, financial limitations, site conditions, relevant codes, laws and design principles.
PO-20Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
PO-21Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
PO-22Architect-Client Relationship: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
PO-23Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
PO-24Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
PO-25Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
PO-26Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
PO-27Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture.
PO-28Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
PO-29Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1To gain information regarding the subject, to document them (information)
LO-2To evaluate and interpret the datas for presentations (capability)
LO-3To work together as a member of a design group. ( Ability)
LO-4To develop a proposal according to two and three dimensional architectural drawing prenciples. (Ability)
LO-5To explain his / her proposal design process by using two or three dimensional drawings and models. (competence)
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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